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This page records changes made to VNC Connect, most recent first.

VNC Connect consists of a VNC Server app for computers you want to control, a VNC Viewer app for devices you want to control from, and an online management portal. Where helpful, changes are identified by these categories.

Where can I download the latest versions of VNC Viewer and VNC Server?

Please use the links below to download the latest version of the VNC software for your device.


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September 2022

VNC Server 6.11.0 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: Software screen blanking support for Windows 10 build 2004 onwards, including a new privacy mode status indicator and per-user screen blanking. Find out more here: Can I blank the screen of a remote computer while I'm connected to it?

  • NEW: -cloudstatus command line parameter to fetch the cloud connectivity status of VNC Server.

  • NEW: Added the AlwaysShowCursor parameter to VNC Server for Windows. Enable this parameter to display a mouse cursor icon in VNC Viewer rather than a dot for systems where no mouse is detected.

  • IMPROVED: The "Create a debug log file" option in VNC Server's Options - Troubleshooting section now continues to log important events, such as connections, separately to EventLog (Windows) and syslog (MacOS and Linux).

  • FIXED: The VNC Server License Wizard now starts correctly when VNC Server is installed in a Remote Desktop (RDP) session.

  • FIXED: Windows 11 is now reported correctly in the VNC Server Diagnostics and log files.

  • SECURITY: Fixed a local privilege escalation in Windows caused by MSI installer Repair mode.

  • SECURITY: VNC Passwords are now stored as an irreversible salted hash, where available.

  • SECURITY: Updated internal dependencies.

Please note that this version removes support for MacOS 10.14 Mojave.

VNC Viewer 6.22.826 for desktop computers released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • NEW: URI schema support for automatically launching and starting Viewer connections to Servers. Find out more here: Can I launch VNC Viewer from a web page or program using URIs?

  • NEW: Screen recording is now available in VNC Viewer for Raspberry Pi.

  • IMPROVED: VNC Viewer now correctly scales the image when connecting to device with a large resolution portrait display.

  • FIXED: A timeout during an SSO login attempt could cause VNC Viewer to crash.

  • FIXED: VNC Viewer now shows an appropriate message for SSO accounts that have an expired token e.g. when using periodic re-authentication through Azure Conditional Access.

  • SECURITY: Fixed a local privilege escalation in Windows caused by MSI installer Repair mode.

Please note that this version removes support for MacOS 10.14 Mojave.

August 2022

VNC Server for Mobile now available in VNC Connect!

The VNC® Server mobile app from RealVNC® lets you securely share your mobile device’s screen with your IT technician or system administrator in just a few taps. The app is available for Android and iOS/iPadOS. Read the FAQs here: VNC Server for Mobile - FAQs

There are two ways to start a remote session:

  • INSTANT SUPPORT lets you set up a session in a flash using a secure one-time code that’s unique to your session. This option is available on VNC® Connect Professional and Enterprise Instant Support plans.
  • DEVICE ACCESS lets IT teams pre-license a managed mobile device against their VNC Connect account. A session can be started without a session code, but the device holder still needs to authenticate the session. This option is available only on VNC® Connect Enterprise Device Access plans.

Key Features

  • Privacy with end-to-end encryption on all remote sessions.
  • Fast, effortless connections using RealVNC’s secure cloud service.
  • Protection from unwanted access with end-user connection approval.
  • Free, paid and trial VNC Connect subscriptions available.

VNC Server 6.10.1 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • FIXED: VNC Server started in User Mode and Virtual Mode used the default permissions for Service Mode. This has been corrected to only allow access from the user account that started the VNC Server by default.

June 2022

VNC Server 6.10.0 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: Added support for Ubuntu 22.04, RHEL/CentOS 9 and Windows Server 2022.

  • IMPROVED: VNC Server better handles resuming from hibernation/low power states and re-establishes cloud connectivity in a shorter time.

  • IMPROVED: VNC Server on Windows can accept an increased number of simultaneous connections from audio-enabled VNC Viewers.

  • IMPROVED: Diagnostics now lists detected audio devices.

  • FIXED: CREATOR OWNER account now works correctly when added to VNC Server's Users and Permissions.

  • FIXED: Running VNC Server in User Mode could prevent subsequent use of Service Mode.

  • FIXED: Group Policy refreshes/updates could interrupt active connections from VNC Viewers.

  • REMOVED: "Test Direct Connection" functionality from VNC Server's Diagnostics. RealVNC strongly recommend using VNC Connect's cloud connectivity for connections over the Internet.

  • SECURITY: Improved security hardening and internal dependency updates.

Please note that this version removes support for Ubuntu 16.04.

VNC Viewer 6.22.515 for desktop computers released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • NEW: Sign-in with your Azure AD organisation - VNC Connect now supports federated authentication for RealVNC accounts. Contact us to find out more!

  • NEW: Added support for Ubuntu 22.04, RHEL/CentOS 9 and Windows Server 2022.

  • IMPROVED: The Preferences window now defaults to the Privacy tab.

  • IMPROVED: AudioVolume now available for control via policy.

  • SECURITY: Improved security hardening and internal dependency updates.

Please note that this version removes support for Ubuntu 16.04.

April 2022

VNC Server 6.9.1 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • SECURITY: Fixed a local privilege escalation via MSI installer on Windows.

VNC Viewer 6.22.315 for desktop computers released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • FIXED: Saved passwords and the Master Password feature were not working correctly for some users after upgrading to VNC Viewer 6.22.207 from an earlier version of VNC Viewer.

March 2022

VNC Server 6.9.0 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: Added support for Raspberry Pi OS Bullseye, 32-bit and 64-bit.
  • IMPROVED: VNC Server's License Wizard has been updated to allow users to configure essential settings during first time setup including Authentication, Encryption and Access Control.
  • IMPROVED: Specific events are now logged to Event Viewer/syslog when screen recording is started and stopped during a remote access session.
  • FIXED: VNC Server will now automatically use polling when DirectX failures are detected with portrait displays on Windows 11.
  • FIXED: DisconnectAction now works as expected when running VNC Server on macOS Big Sur and Monterey.
  • FIXED: Multiple keyboard layouts were not detected when running VNC Server 6.8.0 on Linux.
  • CHANGED: Default permissions for VNC Server have been changed from "Administrative" to "Normal".
    Please note that when upgrading, if you have enabled QueryConnect and have not changed your VNC Server's Permissions from the default value, your connections will now be required to be accepted by an end user on the remote computer.
  • SECURITY: Fixed a local privilege escalation security issue affecting VNC Server installations on Linux.

Please note that this version removes support for Raspberry Pi OS (formerly Raspbian) Stretch 9.

VNC Viewer 6.22.207 for desktop computers released

This version has been replaced by VNC Viewer 6.22.315.

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • NEW: Added support for Raspberry Pi OS Bullseye, 32-bit and 64-bit.
  • NEW: Screen recording can now be started and stopped using the F8 menu in VNC Viewer.
  • NEW: New parameter for session recording, SessionRecordNewFileOnIncrease. This controls whether a new video file should be started when the screen resolution increases or not.
  • IMPROVED: The splash screen shown when running VNC Viewer for the first time has been updated.

Please note that this version removes support for Raspberry Pi OS (formerly Raspbian) Stretch 9.

November 2021

VNC Viewer 6.21.1109 for desktop computers released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • FIXED: Opening the chat window to send messages to a user on the server could prevent any control of the remote computer desktop.

VNC Viewer for iOS 3.9.4 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for iOS devices, used to control remote devices running a VNC server. Search “RealVNC” in the App Store.

  • FIXED: Bluetooth keyboards not working with VNC Viewer on iOS 15.

October 2021

VNC Server 6.8.0 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: Screen Recording for computers running VNC Server 6.8.0+ and VNC Viewer 6.21.920+ with a Professional or Enterprise subscription.
  • NEW: Added support for Windows 11, MacOS Monterey and SUSE Linux Enterprise 15.
  • NEW: Dark mode support for MacOS.
  • NEW: VNC Viewer can now send the connection password to a VNC Server on Windows that is at the login screen. This is useful for users that are using System Authentication to authenticate to VNC Server and saves typing in the password again, after connecting. This feature is accessible via the F8 menu for the first 30 seconds of the session.
  • NEW: WinSSOAccountCheck parameter added to VNC Server on Windows to allow relaxing of Windows account status checks when authenticating via SSO. This may be useful if connecting VNC Viewer users are experiencing problems authenticating to VNC Server.
  • FIXED: VNC Server attempted to bind to invalid subnets for UDP TURN, causing VNC Server to log "TurnDgram: Received ChannelBind error (code=403)". This error will now only appear for unexpected TURN channel bind errors.
  • FIXED: Users would receive an "Access is Denied" error when they are part of the BuiltIn\Adminstrators group when NTLogonAsInteractive is enabled.
  • IMPROVED: Removed extra logging that was printed to stdout when starting a Virtual Mode VNC Server on Linux with SystemXorg enabled.

Please note that this version removes support for MacOS High Sierra (10.13.x) and earlier, RHEL 6.x and CentOS 6.x.

VNC Viewer 6.21.920 for desktop computers released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • NEW: Screen Recording for computers running VNC Server 6.8.0+ and VNC Viewer 6.21.920+ with a Professional or Enterprise subscription.
  • NEW: Added support for Windows 11, MacOS Monterey and SUSE Linux Enterprise 15.
  • NEW: Dark mode support for MacOS.
  • NEW: VNC Viewer can now send the connection password to a VNC Server on Windows that is at the login screen. This is useful for users that are using System Authentication to authenticate to VNC Server and saves typing in the password again, after connecting. This feature is accessible via the F8 menu for the first 30 seconds of the session.
  • NEW: Added support for middle button press from laptops.

Please note that this version removes support for MacOS High Sierra (10.13.x) and earlier, RHEL 6.x and CentOS 6.x.

May 2021

VNC Viewer 6.21.406 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. 

  • NEW: Added ability to sort connections using the Label column in Details View, so you can easily find servers that you have not yet labelled.
  • NEW: Added access to the context menu for search results. This can be shown by right clicking on a search result and allows you to change connection properties and add labels.

March 2021

VNC Server 6.7.4 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: Added ProxyAutoConfig parameter to specify a proxy-auto configuration (PAC) script on Windows.
  • NEW: Added support for MacOS Big Sur.
  • FIXED: Potential crashes when using new 10-bit color depth displays on Mac.

VNC Viewer for Android 3.7.1 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Android devices you want to control from. Search ‘RealVNC’ in the Play Store.

  • FIXED: When searching for servers in a large team the search results may have been incomplete.
  • CHANGED: You must now press the Search/Enter button on your keyboard after typing your search term to perform the search.

Instant Support 1.0.3 released

This is a release of the run-once app for Windows that end users download in order to receive instant support. Download.

  • FIXED: Technician's mouse cursor would be misaligned when connecting to a user with display scaling set.
  • FIXED: Elevation could fail in rare cases on end-user computers that had run an elevated Instant Support session in the past.

February 2021

VNC Viewer for Android 3.7.0 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Android devices you want to control from. Search ‘RealVNC’ in the Play Store.

  • NEW: Added support for Android 10 (Android Q).
  • FIXED: Searching by name for computers in your Teams.

Please note that this version removes support for Android 5.x and earlier.

January 2021

VNC Viewer 6.21.118 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Mac computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • NEW: Added support for MacOS Big Sur.
  • FIXED: Possible VNC Viewer crashes on Macbook Air M1 and Macbook Pro M1 when connecting to other computers. 

December 2020

VNC Server 6.7.3 released

Non-public release.

November 2020

VNC Viewer for iOS 3.9.3 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for iOS devices, used to control remote devices running a VNC server. Search “RealVNC” in the App Store.

  • NEW: You will see a prompt on your screen to help VNC Viewer discover VNC services through the local network. This access will allow you to connect to VNC servers.
  • FIXED: Bluetooth keyboards not working with VNC Viewer on iOS 14.
  • FIXED: Potential crashes during account login on iOS 14.
  • IMPROVED: Added support for dark mode on iOS 13+.

August 2020

VNC Viewer 6.20.817 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Mac computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • FIXED: an issue with the VNC Viewer showing a black screen on MacOS Big Sur.

June 2020

VNC Server 6.7.2 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: DxBadFormat parameter to allow working around misreported DirectX desktop duplication format.
  • FIXED: an issue preventing connections to VNC Server in some circumstances with audio enabled.
  • FIXED: Networking issue which can cause fallback to TCP connections.

VNC Viewer 6.20.529 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • FIXED: Possible crashes on Linux when SendPrimary parameter is set.
  • FIXED: High-speed streaming and audio connections failures under certain networking conditions.

Instant Support 1.0.2 released

This is a release of the run-once app that end users download in order to receive instant support. Download.

  • FIXED: Elevation issue with domain credentials when machine is off-domain.

April 2020

VNC Connect Portal

We've made the following usability improvements to the VNC Connect portal:

  • The People and Computer lists are now paginated with Next and Back buttons
  • Both People and Computer groups now appear on their own page under the People and Computer navigation bar items
  • A search box has been added to the Computers and People page if there are over 150 objects in the list
  • Bulk team invites - up to 250 email addresses can be invited to a team (and optionally added to a group) at once

Cloud Services

To best support VNC Connect customers worldwide and accommodate new growth and demand, we're making the following change to our cloud services:

  • small increase in the polling interval for the Directory service

This will mean changes to team computers (addition, removal, rename) and synchronized address books may appear in VNC Viewer a little slower.

This change will be rolled out to clients over the next 28 days.

We do not expect these changes to have significant impact on the end user experience but wanted to make you aware.

February 2020 

VNC Server 6.7.1 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • FIXED: Potential Server crash when using multiple monitors.

January 2020 

VNC Server 6.7.0 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: Use VNC Viewer to control which monitor is displayed. (requires VNC Viewer 6.20.113 or later). Press F8 while connected to your VNC Server to access the "Select monitor" menu.
  • NEW: Support for High Speed Streaming and Audio when connecting to Virtual Mode sessions via the Virtual Mode Daemon (vncserver-virtuald).
  • NEW: Added support for Windows Server 2019 and CentOS/RHEL 8.
  • NEW: VNC Server will now additionally log to a file at info level (30) by default, in addition to EventLog/syslog logging at audit level (10).
  • NEW: Add a button to test/refresh connectivity between VNC Server and RealVNC's Cloud.
  • NEW: Advanced parameters can now be set via the Expert tab in VNC Server's Options. This will typically be used with instruction from RealVNC Support when troubleshooting an issue.
  • IMPROVED: Better setup experience for users when remotely installing VNC Server on Windows
  • IMPROVED: VNC Server will recommend testing screen blanking before it is enabled​.

VNC Viewer 6.20.113 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • NEW: Use VNC Viewer to control which remote monitor is displayed by VNC Server (requires VNC Server 6.7.0 or later). Press F8 while connected to your VNC Server to access the "Select monitor" menu.
  • NEW: Added support for Windows Server 2019 and CentOS/RHEL 8.
  • NEW: VNC Viewer will now log to a file at info level (30) by default, in addition to EventLog/syslog logging at audit level (10).
  • NEW: Advanced parameters can now be set via the Expert tab in VNC Server's Options. This will typically be used with instruction from RealVNC Support when troubleshooting an issue.
  • FIXED: Desktop toolbar should no longer keep focus when interacting with it.
  • FIXED: A silent crash could occur on Windows 10 when launching connections from the address book.
  • FIXED: A silent crash could occur on Windows 10 launching instant support sessions.
  • FIXED: Crash on connection to AMX touch panel from Linux.

November 2019

VNC Connect Portal updated

  • The correct customer reference number of a subscription is now displayed following reactivation.
  • When purchasing a new subscription, customers are now prompted if they have existing trials or recently (within 30 days) expired teams.
  • Improved Address Verification System error handling when adding a credit card to a subscription. 
  • Improvements to the Team switcher:
    • Picker reduced to 5 teams with a "show more" button
    • Team status (Active, Expired, Cancelled) displayed in the "Your teams" list 
    • Recently expired (within 30 days) teams are highlighted
  • Allow self-service payment method removal.

VNC Viewer 6.19.1115 for desktop computers released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • FIXED: Out of order UDP packets causing “assertion failed” error

October 2019

VNC Viewer for iOS 3.8.1 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for iOS devices you want to control from. Search ‘RealVNC’ in the App Store.

  • FIXED: Various crash fixes and backgrounding behavior affecting iOS 13
  • FIXED: IPv6 domain resolution for RealVNC Cloud Services for affected ISPs
  • IMPROVED: Help menu now redirects to: help.realvnc.com

VNC Viewer for Android 3.6.1 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Android devices you want to control from. Search ‘RealVNC’ in the Play Store.

  • FIXED: IPv6 domain resolution for RealVNC Cloud Services for affected ISPs
  • IMPROVED: Help menu now redirects to: help.realvnc.com

September 2019

VNC Server 6.6.0 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: High-quality audio streaming for computers running VNC Server 6.6.0+ with a Professional or Enterprise subscription, for a fully immersive remote access experience.
  • Added support for MacOS Catalina.

VNC Viewer 6.19.923 for desktop computers released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • NEW: High-quality audio streaming for devices running VNC Server 6.6.0+ with a Professional or Enterprise subscription, for a fully immersive remote access experience.
  • Added support for MacOS Catalina.

August 2019

VNC Server 6.5.0 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: Support High-speed streaming even when peer-to-peer connectivity is not available via a new UDP relay service.
  • Improve reliability of connection establishment.
  • Improve performance particularly in scenarios with high packet loss and latency.
  • Improve detection of display capture failures on Windows, switching to an alternative capture method where possible.
  • Improve styling of the menu bar icon on Mac to better match the system theme.
  • Add the ability to limit display capture to a single monitor on Linux using the “Monitor” parameter.

VNC Viewer 6.19.715 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • NEW: Support for High-speed streaming even when peer-to-peer connectivity is not available via a new UDP relay service.
  • Improve reliability of connection establishment.
  • Improve performance particularly in scenarios with high packet loss and latency.

April 2019

VNC Viewer 6.19.325 for desktop computers released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • In order to connect to remote computers, you must enter two separate sets of credentials; your RealVNC account email address and password to sign in, and then the system (username and) password expected by VNC Server to authenticate. It should now be clearer which set you have to enter when.
  • FIXED: Usernames that contain $ are now saved correctly.
  • FIXED: Holding down SHIFT or CTRL while pressing a mouse button now affects remote Linux computers running the Gnome 3 desktop environment correctly.
  • FIXED: Under Windows, VNC Viewer no longer captures mouse movements when it is not the active desktop window.

March 2019

VNC Server 6.4.1 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • The License Wizard user interface has changed, to make licensing by signing in to your RealVNC account more prominent. If you have an Enterprise subscription and want to enter a license key via the Wizard, click the Register offline button. More information.
  • The ShowCloudHints VNC Server parameter has been deprecated. You can remove sign in links from the VNC Server status dialog by setting AllowCloudRfb to FALSE instead.

VNC Viewer for Android 3.5.0 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Android devices you want to control from. Search ‘RealVNC’ in the Play Store.

  • NEW: High-speed streaming for connections to computers running VNC Server 6.4+ with a Professional or Enterprise subscription, for up to four times the screen refresh rate without compromising on picture quality.
  • NEW: Establish a direct connection to a remote computer using the URI syntax vnc://username:password@host:port. If the username and password are omitted, the connecting user is prompted to supply credentials.
  • In order to connect to remote computers, you must enter two separate sets of credentials; your RealVNC account email address and password to sign in, and then the system (username and) password expected by VNC Server to actually authenticate. It should now be clearer which set you have to enter when.
  • FIXED: Usernames that contain $ are now saved correctly.

VNC Viewer for iOS 3.7.0 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for iOS devices you want to control from. Search ‘RealVNC’ in the App Store.

  • NEW: High-speed streaming for connections to computers running VNC Server 6.4+ with a Professional or Enterprise subscription, for up to four times the screen refresh rate without compromising on picture quality.
  • NEW: A floating, flickable toolbar is available on all devices.
  • In order to connect to remote computers, you must enter two separate sets of credentials; your RealVNC account email address and password to sign in, and then the system (username and) password expected by VNC Server to actually authenticate. It should now be clearer which set you have to enter when.
  • FIXED: Usernames that contain $ are now saved correctly.

January 2019

VNC Server 6.4.0 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: High-speed streaming (first release) 
    If you have a Professional or Enterprise subscription, benefit from a significant performance improvement without compromising on picture quality, especially for graphically-intensive operations over slow links. More information.
  • NEW: Ensure cloud connections are all peer-to-peer, so no session data is sent via the cloud. More information.
  • NEW: Join a computer to a team (that is, enable cloud connectivity) at the command line using a JSON file instead of a large token. More information.
  • Setting the IpClientAddresses parameter (formerly hosts) to filter incoming direct connections now allows connecting users to specify IPv6 addresses.

Windows

  • Disable audit logging to the domain Windows Event Log by setting the LogSessionToDomainEventLog advanced parameter to FALSE, which might speed up connection time. Audit logging to the local Windows Event Log continues.

Linux

  • Start VNC Server in Service Mode from a desktop shortcut, and stop it from the app menu, instead of running commands.
  • Specify the screen capture technology used on a Raspberry Pi (hardware or software) separately from the preferred encoding using the CaptureTech parameter.
  • Use regular expressions in conjunction with the CertificateUserName advanced parameter, to match user names more flexibly.

Mac

VNC Viewer 6.19.107 for desktop computers released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to exercise control from. Download.

  • NEW: Support for high-speed streaming in conjunction with VNC Server 6.4.0, above.
  • Share the clipboard contents with the remote computer on session start by setting the SendInitialClipboard parameter to TRUE.

October 2018

Mandatory 2-step verification for team members

If you have an Enterprise subscription, you can mandate that all team members must enable 2-step verification (2FA, using TOTP codes) on their own RealVNC accounts. Failure to comply prevents them remotely accessing team computers. See how to set this up.

VNC Server 6.3.2 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: Provide a comprehensive multi-factor authentication scheme for Mac and Linux computers using interactive system authentication to integrate with your choice of PAM authentication modules.
  • NEW: Blank the screens of Windows 8 and 10 computers in addition to Windows 7 and earlier computers. Note screen blanking is only likely to be effective for monitors attached to desktop computers, and not laptop displays. Test your system in advance using the tool provided on VNC Server’s Options > Privacy page. More information.
  • Remove a computer from your team (that is, prevent discovery by RealVNC’s cloud service) at the command line using -leavecloudMore information.
  • Specify a friendly name for a computer whilst adding it to your team at the command line using -joinnameMore information.
  • FIXED: Connecting users supplying Active Directory credentials should find authenticating to VNC Server on Windows is quicker.
  • FIXED: VNC Server is now more integrated with LDAP when the smartcard/certificate store authentication scheme is selected.
  • FIXED: Users should experience fewer blank screens when connected to Windows computers with the screen saver enabled, or Intel Ready Mode Technology installed.
  • FIXED: Connected users with a left-hand mouse or with mouse buttons switched can now interact remotely in the expected way.

VNC Viewer for Android 3.4.3 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Android devices you want to control from. Search ‘RealVNC’ in the Play Store.

  • FIXED: VNC Viewer no longer crashes when connecting directly to a computer that has spaces in its hostname.

VNC Viewer for iOS 3.6.0 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for iOS devices you want to control from. Search ‘RealVNC’ in the App Store.

  • Improved Bluetooth keyboard support for iOS 12.
  • FIXED: Speech recognition input when dealing with large quantities of text no longer suffers from performance issues.

Instant support 1.0.1 released

This is a release of the run-once app that end users download in order to receive instant support. Download.

  • NEW: End users are warned if their instant support session originated from a 30 day free trial of VNC Connect.
  • End users now get an interface that is automatically localized into their desktop language.

September 2018

VNC Viewer for Android 3.4.1 and 3.4.2 released

These patch releases fixed issues with cursors and app crashes on certain devices found in VNC Viewer for Android 3.4.0, below.

VNC Viewer 6.18.907 for desktop computers released

This is a patch release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to control from. Download.

  • FIXED: VNC Viewer now starts on macOS even if an invalid URL has been entered into the Mac’s System Preferences > Network > Advanced… > Proxies > Automatic Proxy Configuration > Proxy Configuration File URL field, for either Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

VNC Viewer for Android 3.4.0 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Android devices you want to control from. Search ‘RealVNC’ in the Play Store.

  • NEW: Support for Android Oreo and Pie, and arm64 processors for improved performance.
  • FIXED: Address books with more than 30 computers now synchronize correctly between all your devices.

July 2018

VNC Server 6.3.1 released

This is a patch release of VNC Server and supporting programs, for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • FIXED: Under Linux and macOS, VNC Server now accepts domain license keys once more.
  • FIXED: Under macOS, the VNC Server postflight installation script no longer kills the loginwindow process, so other service operations continue without interruption.
  • FIXED: VNC Server now attempts to use both system and user proxy server settings (in that order) when communicating with RealVNC services in order to license the software.
  • FIXED: Under Windows, VNC Server should now start in circumstances where Windows Firewall fails to respond properly.

VNC Viewer 6.18.625 for desktop computers released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux computers you want to control from. Download.

  • NEW: A new encoding, ZRLE2, is now the default, which means that most users should experience better performance in conjunction with VNC Connect 6.3.0, below.
  • VNC Viewer can now log to a centralized logging facility such as syslog or Event Log.
  • On Windows, VNC Viewer now supports high contrast mode.

June 2018

VNC Server 6.3.0 released

This is a release of VNC Server and supporting programs, for installation on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • NEW: Support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Note Wayland is not supported, so for VNC Server in Service Mode you must edit the /etc/gdm3/custom.conf file, uncomment WaylandEnable=false, and reboot in order to remotely access the login screen.
  • NEW: If VNC Server is configured to use Smartcard/certificate store authentication, certificates from connecting users are automatically checked for revocation using OCSP, before falling back to CRLs. To use only OCSP, set the LdapCertificateRevocation parameter to EnforceOcsp.
  • Under Windows, if VNC Server is configured to use Smartcard/certificate store authentication, certificates from connecting users are now checked against the Enterprise NTAuth store, rather than the Root store.
  • If VNC Server is configured to use single sign-on authentication (SSO), connecting domain users with Active Directory accounts in different forests are now checked, providing cross-forest trust relationships are in place.
  • Under Windows, if VNC Server in Service Mode is configured to log to file (rather than Windows Event Log), the default destination directory is now C:\ProgramData\RealVNC-Service.
  • FIXED: Under Linux, VNC Server in Virtual Mode sessions no longer leak audio to local speakers.
  • FIXED: Under Windows, the DisplayDevice parameter now recognizes monitors plugged into multiple or discrete graphics cards.

VNC Viewer for iOS 3.5.0 released

This is a release of VNC Viewer for iOS devices you want to control from. Search ‘RealVNC’ in the App Store.

  • NEW: Control a remote touch panel directly, rather than using the device screen as a trackpad. To do this, select Interaction > Touch panel from a connection’s settings, either before or during a session.
  • The connection method (whether cloud or direct) is now displayed on a session’s information screen.
  • FIXED: Hardware keyboard left and right arrow keys now work when the scrolling function key bar is active.

February 2018

VNC Viewer for iOS 3.4.0 released

This is a minor release for VNC Viewer on iOS devices to connect from. Search ‘RealVNC’ in the App Store.

  • NEW: Support for iPhone X. Unpinning the VNC Viewer toolbar now reveals a movable floating toolbar.
  • FIXED: VNC Viewer now only replaces two consecutive hyphens -- with an em dash - if keyboard auto-correct is enabled via the app Settings.
  • FIXED: VNC Viewer no longer crashes when the hyphen key is pressed, or any key is held down, on a connected Bluetooth keyboard.

December 2017

VNC Server 6.2.1 released

This is a patch release for VNC Server and supporting programs installed on remote computers you want to control. Download.

  • The message displayed on accept/reject prompts can now be customized using the VNC Server QueryConnectMessage parameter. The custom message can be up to 4096 bytes in length, and utilize the HTML <br/> syntax to insert new lines.
  • VNC Server now checks Certificate Revocation Lists up to 25MB in size when smartcard/certificate store authentication is enabled. A larger value can be specified using the VNC Server LdapCertificateCrlLimit parameter.

November 2017

Instant support capability built-in to VNC Connect

Add instant support to your VNC Connect subscription and connect on-demand to computers that do not, or cannot, have remote access software installed. Find out more.

If you are an existing customer, you can try this new capability free for 30 days by signing in to your RealVNC account, navigating to the Account page, and choosing to start either a new Professional or Enterprise trial. Then, download the latest version of VNC Viewer for WindowsMac or Linux, and follow these instructions to start your first session.

VNC Viewer 6.17.1113 for desktop computers released

VNC Viewer is now ready to conduct instant support sessions (see above) from supported Windows, Mac and Linux computers. Download.


6.2.0

Released
9 Aug 2017
  • NEW: VNC Connect is now available in Brazilian Portuguese.
  • NEW: Under Red Hat Linux distributions, VNC Server in Virtual Mode can now utilize the version of the Xorg server running on the system, rather than the out-of-date version built-in to Xvnc. Desktop environments such as Gnome 3 and modern applications and extensions will likely be compatible out-of-the-box. See how to set this up.
  • The VNC Connect download now consists just of VNC Server and supporting programs, for computers you are licensed to control. VNC Viewer is no longer bundled. You are free to download VNC Viewer to as many computers and devices you want to control from as you like.
  • VNC Viewer for macOS is now a disk image (DMG) that you can install by dragging it to the Applications folder.
  • In VNC Viewer, you can now drag-and-drop a computer onto a label in the sidebar to assign that label to the computer. To create a new label, right-click on the Address book.
  • You can set the QueryOfferViewOnly VNC Server parameter to FALSE to remove the view-only option from the prompt shown when VNC Viewer users are attempting to connect (leaving just the reject and accept options).

6.1.1

Released
30 May 2017
  • FIXED: Active Directory user accounts with no expiry date can now be used to authenticate to VNC Server using single sign-on (SSO)
  • FIXED: VNC Server’s Information Center dialog no longer shows an erroneous error message when the legacy SecurityTypes parameter is set to a value other than <auto> (this may affect users upgrading from VNC 5.x).
  • FIXED: VNC Server in Virtual Mode (Xvnc) no longer crashes due to a bug in the X11 render extension.

6.1.0

Released
2 May 2017

For a video explaining major features, and links to other resources, please see our release summary page.

  • NEW: VNC Server supports multi-factor authentication. Choose a scheme based on X.509 digital certificates stored on pluggable smartcards/authentication tokens or in certificate stores, or a RADIUS server implementation from an identity management provider such as RSA SecurID or Duo. Alternatively, create a custom scheme containing as many factors as you need.
  • NEW: Conveniently assign discovery permissions to computers in your RealVNC account by creating groups of people and computers. Restricting discovery improves security, and helps team members reduce the number of computers they interact with in VNC Viewer.
  • NEW: Organize computers in VNC Viewer using labels. Right-click on the address book to create a new label, or assign a label to a computer on its Properties page.
  • NEW: Display a details view of computers VNC Viewer instead of a screenshot icon view, and sort by name, last connected time, and label.
  • More intuitive scaling options for the remote computer desktop are now available from VNC Viewer’s Properties page.
  • VNC Server now prompts you to send anonymous usage data to RealVNC, to help improve the user experience. You can opt out on VNC Server’s Options > Privacy page.

Linux

  • The VNC Server in Virtual Mode daemon now fully supports persistent virtual desktops. The ConnectToExisting parameter no longer requires an underscore (denoting a beta feature).

6.0.3

Released
10 April 2017
  • FIXED: Your computer now recovers automatically if it wrongly reports that it has been cloned.

6.0.2

Released
8 February 2017
  • NEW: VNC Connect is available for Raspberry Pi. It is included with Raspbian, and pre-licensed to offer both cloud and direct connectivity to Home subscribers.
  • NEW: VNC Viewer has a medium setting for the picture quality of a remote desktop, to complement high and low. By default, the picture quality is automatically adjusted to suit the speed of the network.
  • VNC Connect is available in French, German, and Spanish again. The appropriate language for the desktop of each user is automatically selected. This can be changed (if required) using the Locale parameter.

6.0.1

Released
23 November 2016
  • The VNC Server user interface now makes it easier to enable cloud connectivity if you have an Enterprise subscription or trial.
  • VNC Server now prompts for administrative credentials (where necessary) in a more timely manner under Linux.

6.0.0

Released
01 November 2016

All platforms

  • NEW: VNC has a new brand name, VNC Connect. VNC Server and VNC Viewer have new brand colors, icons and logos.
  • NEW: VNC Connect is licensed by annual subscription rather than perpetual license key. When a paid Professional or Enterprise subscription expires, remote access stops. If you’re an existing, entitled VNC 5.x customer, you can automatically upgrade to a new Enterprise subscription.
  • NEW: Establish secure, seamless, reliable cloud connections from VNC Viewer to VNC Server. If you have an Enterprise subscription, this can be as well as, or instead of, traditional direct connections.
  • NEW: Invite people in to your team to quickly share remote access, and manage computers, subscriptions, renewals and payment methods much more conveniently online using your RealVNC account.
  • NEW: Sign in to VNC Viewer with your RealVNC account credentials to backup and sync your address book between all your desktop and mobile devices.
  • NEW: VNC Address Book is integrated into VNC Viewer, so everything is accessible from one place. Use File > Import connections to transfer VNC 5.x connections in from VNC Address Book, or from a directory of .vnc files.
  • NEW: VNC Viewer can remember remote access credentials so you don’t have to enter them each time. Note under Linux we additionally recommend setting a master password for VNC Viewer; see below.
  • NEW: Use File > Preferences > Privacy to set a master password to protect VNC Viewer from unauthorized use.
  • NEW: Save desktop previews for connections (that is, screenshots in thumbnail form) to make VNC Viewer more intuitive to use.
  • NEW: Give connections friendly names.
  • NEW: Quickly forget sensitive data such as passwords and desktop previews if VNC Viewer is running on a shared computer.
  • NEW: If you start VNC Viewer and simultaneously establish a direct connection at the command line, use the -useaddressbook flag to integrate with your address book, for example vncviewer -useaddressbook 192.168.1.99:65. If the connection is to a known computer, stored settings are applied. If the connection is to a new computer, it is added to your address book.
  • NEW: Configure the rate at which a desktop is panned when in full screen mode using the BumpScrollSpeed VNC Viewer parameter.
  • VNC Server now needs an Enterprise subscription in order to run in User Mode or Virtual Mode. Only direct connectivity is available in these modes.
  • VNC Viewer now sets File > Preferences > Proxy to the system proxy server by default, rather than to no proxy server.
  • VNC Deployment Tool and VNC Viewer for Java are no longer supported.

Windows

Mac

  • NEW: Support for macOS 10.12 Sierra. Note that only 64-bit package files are available for macOS 10.10, 10.11 and 10.12.

Linux

  • NEW: Support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
  • The process of installing VNC Connect without administrative privileges is now simpler
  • FIXED: Setting the DisableTrayIcon VNC Server parameter to 1 now correctly removes the VNC Server icon from the notification area.

Known issues

  • VNC Connect is only available in English. Spanish, French and German versions will follow soon.
  • After resuming from sleep, it may take a minute or so for your VNC Server computer to be available for cloud connections.
  • Standard selection mechanisms such as CTRL-A or holding down the SHIFT or CTRL key while clicking do not yet allow you to select multiple connections in VNC Viewer.
  • Choosing File > Export connections in VNC Viewer to export to .vnc files exports all connections, not just the one currently-selected.

Legacy VNC 5.x

Release notes for the legacy VNC 5.x software can be found here.

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